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Downtown Paris to undergo major reconstruction starting next year

County of BrantDowntown Paris to undergo major reconstruction starting next year

County of Brant announced that downtown Paris, predominantly along Grand River Street North, will undergo major reconstruction, starting sometime early in 2025.

This level of construction will include replacing critical major infrastructure, and that will ensure the longevity of the thriving downtown for decades to come. The final result will be beautiful, functional and accessible for all.

Reconstruction includes:

  • New infrastructure (water, sewers) and upgraded utilities (Bell, Rogers, gas and electrical) under the roads
  • New road construction
  • New sidewalks (widened)
  • New streetscape such as lamp posts, benches, trees
  • New accessibility features
  • New digital features
  • New climate resiliency

The downtown angled parking will be converted to parallel parking. The Downtown Paris Master Plan included a parking structure in the municipal lot by Council Chamber. This plan is being re-formulated.

“The Downtown Dig” will affect:

West River Street (Mechanic Street to Broadway Street West) – 2024/2025

Grand River Street North between the Nith River Bridge and north of William Street – 2025

Mechanic Street (Grand River Street North to West River Street) – 2026

Grand River Street South (Nith River Bridge to Dumfries intersection) – 2027

Broadway Street West (future date pending)

William Street (future date pending)

  • Municipal parking lot behind Council Chambers (future date pending)

Timeline:

A carefully phased plan is currently under development to ensure a smooth construction season. Construction is expected to begin early 2025 (pending winter) and end late 2025.

At times, vehicular traffic will be restricted, and detour routes will be established. Safe pedestrian access will be maintained to businesses and downtown residences.

Support for businesses:

The County of Brant is committed to working closely with downtown businesses before and during the construction. The Downtown Paris BIA Management Board has voiced their support for the downtown revitalization noting it may be a challenging business year, but the lasting result will be worth it to ensure a thriving downtown for the future.  The County of Brant and Downtown Paris BIA will encourage residents to “Shop Local” and support the downtown businesses.  Several events will be planned to engage the community and businesses during the construction.

Next Steps:

The County of Brant is currently developing the Business Mitigation, Business Communication, and Community Communication Plans. These Plans will be developed in consultation with various stakeholders including the Downtown Paris BIA and brought to the September Policy Development Committee Meeting for Committee approval.

Business Engagement and Community Engagement Plans are also underway. Engagement will occur in Summer 2024 to gather feedback on streetscape amenities. Final design concepts will be shared.

As “The Downtown Dig” final design plans are finalized, the tender for the project is expected to be released in the fall of 2024. 

The County of Brant will continue to communicate as the project proceeds. To follow this project and receive updates, visit www.engagebrant.ca/DowntownDig and register or visit www.brant.ca/DowntownDig. A “The Downtown Dig” Facebook page has also been created.

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